Posts Tagged Church

Living in a disappearing priesthood

My historical sense of catholicism in Ireland, which I learned in school, was speckled with events that were depicted as reference points in Irish history. The Wild Geese, Cromwell, Fr Murphy of Boolavogue, Nano Nagle, Daniel O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and the soupers, the War of Independence, the Maynooth Mission to China, male and female […]

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‘They’ve taken the Lord’

The women who were the first witnesses to the empty tomb and the Resurrection of Jesus summarised the situation in this way for the Apostles. “They have taken the Lord out of he tomb,” Mary said, “and we don’t know where they have put him.” Sadly, the same phrase applies today to a small church […]

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Among the ways to wed

I don’t remember how many times I have participated in the Rite of Marriage at non-Catholic churches but there have been several. I have always experienced hospitality and kindness from the clergy of the other Christian churches. Today was no different. It was my first time being in St. Mary’s (Church of Ireland) Church, Dunmanway. I […]

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Enrolling for First Holy Communion means a lot more

On Oct 16th, at Enniskeane Church, fifty-one children were presented to prepare for their First Penance and First Holy Communion. This is the text of my me message to the boys and girls and to their parents at that Mass. To the boys and girls from across our parish and our community – all 51 […]

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If Rome had guns, they’re certaintly turned on Ireland now

A number of events in the past few days seem to justify my headline. The background is that many people in Ireland, especially media commentators believe that the Holy Father and church leadership generally have been slow to respond to the ‘crisis’ in the Irish Church. There is a fear, of course, that Ireland is […]

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Mission Sunday collection looms

Next Sunday (Oct 24th) is Mission Sunday. This annual event focuses our prayer, thoughts and actions on the words of Jesus who asked us to “Go tell everyone” the Good News. All Christians across the globe are actively following that call in many different ways. The life of missionary priests, sisters, brothers and lay people […]

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All Saints Church: reflections on the heart of the place

Walking through the parish church amid scaffold and plastic sheeting is a strange experience. I rambled through Drimoleague’s parish church of All Saints recently when I called to see how the refurbishment work was progressing. The church that I prayed in most days on my way home from the nearby school and where my family […]

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Future of Church rests in faith and commitment of parishioners

Uncertainties give us all food for thought. Sadly, for many people, the thought of being without a secure income has become reality. Many people have had to change their plans, postpone dreams and lower expectations. The past year has also ended with many people questioning how our Church is organized and administered. The Report of […]

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